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7:25 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Boom: Apple Worth More Than Google  —  As Steve Jobs would say: “BOOM.”  Apple (AAPL) has eclipsed Google (GOOG) in market value.  Apple's current market cap: $159.37 billion.  Google's: $157.56 billion.  Not that we didn't see this coming.  Indeed, Valleywag predicted it back in November 2007.
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
No Split for Google (Still)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft's Live Maps Schools Google, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in Georgia Mapping  —  If you've been keeping up with the conflict in South Ossetia, perhaps you were curious about where the contentious events were occurring.  I hope you ended up at Microsoft's Live Search Maps …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
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Sydney Morning Herald:
‘Slow’ iPhone 3G glitch blamed on secrecy  —  The iPhone 3G and, inset, Tom Piotrowski's speed test.  —  Asher Moses  —  iPhone 3G users in Australia and around the world are suffering from slow internet speeds and poor reception because of a flaw in the device that may have been fixed if not for Apple's immense culture of secrecy.
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Liam Tung / ZDNet.com.au:
HSBC could order 200,000 iPhones  —  Global banking giant HSBC is considering ditching the BlackBerry and adopting Apple's iPhone as its standard staff mobile device, a move that could result in an order for some 200,000 iPhones.  —  “We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google's Schmidt talks stocks, huge mobile opportunity, scandals, advertising and YouTube with Jim Cramer  —  Google chief executive Eric Schmidt was on the popular CNBC show “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” today.  Most of the talk was about Google's dominant positions in the search, online advertising and online video businesses.
Discussion: Mad Cap and BuzzMachine
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Google Ads: Emphatic ‘No’ on Homepage, but Mobile Will Be Big
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Sheraton becomes third Microsoft Surface customer (Updated)  —  Sheraton will be rolling out the Microsoft Surface PC, at five hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Sheraton will be the first hotel to offer the Microsoft Surface, and really the third customer …
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Not Getting Into Live Streaming, After All (GOOG)  —  UStream, Justin.TV, Stickam, Mogulus and everyone else trying to make a business out of live streaming can breath a little easier.  YouTube, which had previously said it would start live streaming in 2008, won't be getting into the business this year.
Dolapo / Google Reader:
Pick your friends!  —  Today we're excited to announce several improvements in the way sharing works in Reader.  You've given us lots of feedback on the way our experimental sharing features work and we heard you loud and clear: you want more control over your sharing.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google Reader Finally Introduces Granular Sharing Control
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lehman's Online U.S. Advertising Forecast: Another $20 Billion In Growth By 2012 And Online Video Takes Off  —  I was (digitally) leafing through the latest Lehman Brothers Internet Data Book for August this morning, and came across these forecasts for total U.S. Internet online ad spending and online video ad spending.
Lessig Blog:
huge and important news: free licenses upheld  —  So for non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important.  But trust me, this is huge.  —  I am very proud to report today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (THE “IP” court in the US) has upheld a free (ok, they call them “open source” …
Macworld:
When Apple's reach exceeds its grasp  —  The huge success of the iPod and the incredible media hoopla surrounding the iPhone have transformed the way the world looks at Apple.  In five years, it has gone from being the company that makes weird non-Windows computers to the company that makes …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Mac Observer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator To Offer Standardized Funding Legal Docs  —  Early stage venture firm Y Combinator, which has funded over 102 young startups, has “open sourced” the legal documents that they provide to their startups to use as they seek additional funding beyond what they've gotten from Y Combinator.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Vmtn / The Console:
Letter from VMware CEO Paul Maritz  —  Last night, we became aware of a code issue with the recently released update to ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 (Update 2).  —  When the time clock in a server running ESX 3.5 or ESXi 3.5 Update 2 hits 12:00AM on August 12th, 2008, the released code causes the product license to expire.
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Anil Dash / Movable Type:
Movable Type Pro and 4.2: Where Blogging is Headed  —  Today, we're releasing the latest update to Movable Type, version 4.2, and along with it we're announcing the launch of Movable Type Pro, a profoundly powerful new set of capabilities that shows the web where blogging is going next.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)  —  I have been a huge fan of FeedBurner, RSS feed management company, for a really long time.  Yes, before Google bought them and even before they had most of their cool features.  In any event, I noticed a Google Groups thread …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Russians may not be responsible for cyberattacks on Georgia  —  Earlier this week, we covered a report from the Georgian Foreign Ministry, claiming that the Russian Business Network (RBN) was actively engaged in cyberwarfare against Georgia—with the blessing and backing of the Russian government.
QIK:
Qik announces iPhone 3G support!  —  As most of us have been out enjoying the sun, Qik's developers have been working day and night to bring you the world's first live video streaming application for the Apple iPhone 3G!  From the wonderful feedback we get from our fans …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
 
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
YouTube pulls video of protest at request of IOC
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security researchers' accounts ransacked in embarrasing hacklash
Discussion: hackademix.net
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Cox Enterprises Selling Austin American-Statesman, Valpak Direct …
Sound & Vision Magazine:
Criterion Remastered
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and Gizmodo
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Funai to sell LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray players in the US
Discussion: Engadget HD and Gizmodo
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay in Talks to Buy Share of Korean Auction Site GMarket
Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Rogers Bold Launch Kit!
Jennifer Tan / Reuters:
Electronic Arts aims to license Spore movie rights
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Lifestream From Your iPhone
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Some iPhone 3G Users Find Painful Experience Thanks to Poor Connections
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Sept. Quarter iPhone Sales To Quadruple To 4.5 Million, Says Piper
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft gets a ‘Blue Screen of Death’ medal in Beijing
Discussion: The Register
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging
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Three-alarm fire scorches key building on Apple campus
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